Research highlights the extent of mental health stigma

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14th November 2014 17:02 - Health

A recent study, commissioned by the Scottish government, has found that nearly 50 per cent of participants would not want people to know if they had a mental illness.

Despite the fact that over 25 per cent of those asked had experienced a mental health problem in their life, the findings showed that mental health stigma still exists, as nearly 40 per cent had experienced a negative social impact as a result of the illness.

Some 22 per cent claimed that they had avoided a social situation due to being apprehensive of how their mental health problem would be perceived and 13 per cent had been warned not to attend an event by another person.

Of the mental health illnesses admitted to, depression was the most prevalent.

Overall, 85 per cent had been to speak to someone about their condition. However, this is a decrease of 3 per cent since a previous study in 2008.

Most alarmingly, 22 per cent of the 1,500 asked divulged that they would not communicate with someone suffering from schizophrenia.

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